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Chicago - Grace Place

  • Grace Place 637 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60605 (map)

We hope you will join us on Monday, April 12th from 4pm – 6pm, for a discussion about community- based policy solutions to racial inequity. Our discussion will center around a new book from Tom Shapiro - Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future.

The book tells the story of nearly two hundred families of different races and income levels as Shapiro follows their lives across a twelve year period. The book documents the recession's toll on parents and children, the ways families use assets to manage crises and create opportunities, and the real reasons some families build wealth while others struggle in poverty. The personal stories, highlighted in the book, show how the structure of our neighborhoods, workplaces, and tax code-much more than individual choices-push some forward and hold others back. A lack of assets, far more common in families of color, can often ruin parents' careful plans for themselves and their children.

Despite our current state of toxic inequality, the book explores ways race-conscious reforms can move us toward a more just society. On April 12th, we’ll dive into some of these race-conscious reforms and discuss how they could be implemented here in Chicago.

Join us on Monday April 12 from 4pm - 6pm at Grace Place.


The event is open to the public, but in an effort to get an accurate head count, please RSVP and send any questions to Lucy Mullany – lmullany@heartlandalliance.org.

Earlier Event: April 11
St. Louis- Left Bank Books
Later Event: April 19
Washington DC - New America & CFED